The corrupt bastards.
During one hunter’s trial in Haywood County, agents admitted to buying
illegal bait for bears in Tennessee, and placing it in a hunter’s yard
in Graham County. Hunters witnessed the officers killing at least four
of the ten bears that were taken. These agents, against the advice of
hunters, removed the bears’ gallbladders and called hunters from
surrounding counties to try to get them to participate in the illegal
selling of bear parts. The hunters refused to take part in this illegal
activity. These are only two of the many tactics used in attempts to
entrap hunters of Western North Carolina.
And of COURSE they have ninja suits and Stasi attitudes, and choose to exercise them:
Additionally, state and federal agents employed “Gestapo-like”
techniques in search and seizure of so-called “evidence”, including
improper service of search-warrants.
Men in bullet-proof vests, with M-16 rifles came into homes where women were alone.
In one house, more than 20 agents with guns drawn, terrorized
screaming toddlers and left them unsupervised while the parents were
roughed up, searched, handcuffed, and taken outside the home. To this
day, these children display post-traumatic stress symptoms.
They left homes in disarray and removed items unrelated to bear
hunting: a laptop computer, hunting picture of deceased family member,
legally killed mounted deer and boar heads, duck and turkey calls
belonging to a four-year-old boy, a boat and boat titles, a front-end
loader, personal vehicles, and many other items, which have not been
And, being the corrupt bastards they are- I am including the prosecutors involved- they try to push people into pleading guilty to SOMETHING, so they can claim they 'got results':
To date, hunters who have had jury trials have not been convicted. In
one case in Graham County, agents could not produce video “evidence”.
Enticements were made by prosecutors including an offer to drop some
charges if the hunter involved would plead guilty. The hunter refused
and requested a jury trial. In this case, all charges were dropped due
to lack of evidence.
And, in usual form anymore, what does the F&S do with these corrupt clowns? Give them awards.
By Linda Crisp-In recent news, it has been reported that six U.S.
Forest Service (USFS) employees from Western North Carolina were awarded
“Law Enforcement and Investigations Awards” by the USFS for their roles
in “Operation Something Bruin”, a four-year, multi-agency investigation
targeting “bear poachers” in WNC and surrounding states, resulting in
arrests in February 2013.
Also, in October, the National Wildlife Federation bestowed
“prestigious conservation honors” on Sgt. Chad Arnold, an officer from
Charlotte with the Special Investigations Unit of the N.C. Wildlife
Commission. Arnold was named “Wildlife Enforcement Officer of the Year”,
and the Commission was named the “Natural Resources Agency of the
Year”, according to a press release from the N.C. Wildlife Commission.
Note that the Forest Service got involved in this crap, too.
Time to make some BIG cuts in budgets. And fire some people. And see some prosecutors disbarred.